One of the most common problems in computer vision and image processing applications is the localization of object boundaries in a video frame and its tracking in the next frames. In this paper, a fully automatic method for fast tracking of video objects in a video sequence using affine invariant normalization is proposed. Initially, the detection of a video object is achieved using a GVF snake. Next, a vector of the affine parameters of each contour of the extracted video object in two successive frames is computed using affine-invariant normalization. Under the hypothesis that these contours are similar, the affine transformation between the two contours is computed in a very fast way. Using this transformation to predict the position of the contour in the next frame allows initialization of the GVF snake very close to the real position. Applying this technique to the following frames, a very fast tracking technique is achieved. Moreover, this technique can be applied on sequences with very fast moving objects where traditional trackers usually fail. Results on synthetic sequences are presented which illustrate the theoretical developmentsOne of the most common problems in computer vision and image processing applications is the localization of object boundaries in a video frame and its tracking in the next frames. In this paper, a fully automatic method for fast tracking of video objects in a video sequence using affine invariant normalization is proposed. Initially, the detection of a video object is achieved using a GVF snake. Next, a vector of the affine parameters of each contour of the extracted video object in two successive frames is computed using affine-invariant normalization. Under the hypothesis that these contours are similar, the affine transformation between the two contours is computed in a very fast way. Using this transformation to predict the position of the contour in the next frame allows initialization of the GVF snake very close to the real position. Applying this technique to the following frames, a very fast tracking technique is achieved. Moreover, this technique can be applied on sequences with very fast moving objects where traditional trackers usually fail. Results on synthetic sequences are presented which illustrate the theoretical developments

3rd IFIP Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications & Innovations, Athens, Greece, June 2006.

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